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The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community

Marc J. Dunkelman
Format
Book
Published
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Variant Title
Transformation of American community
ISBN
9780393063967, 0393063968
Summary
"Identifies [what the author sees as] an epochal shift in the structure of American life--a shift unnoticed by many. Routines that once put doctors and lawyers in touch with grocers and plumbers--interactions that encouraged debate and cultivated compromise--have changed dramatically since the postwar era. Both technology and the new routines of everyday life connect tight-knit circles and expand the breadth of our social landscapes, but they've sapped the commonplace, incidental interactions that for centuries have built local communities and fostered healthy debate. The disappearance of these once-central relationships ... lies at the root of America's economic woes and political gridlock"--Amazon.com.
Contents
  • Introduction: From one Queen City to the next
  • Pt. 1: Rumblings. The warning ; The third wave ; The Chinatown bus effect ; The big climb ; Conformity comes full circle
  • Pt. 2: The missing rings. A brief history of American community ; Bands, villages, and tribes ; The search for affirmation ; The missing rings ; Exit Tocqueville ; And now for something completely different
  • Pt. 3: America explained. Valuable inefficiency ; The roots of deliberation ; The giant sucking sound ; The marshmallow test
  • Conclusion: The crisis of American exceptionalism.
Description
xx, 291 pages ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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